Roy Keane says it is in Tottenham’s DNA to “constantly disappoint you” following their 0-0 draw with Bournemouth on Thursday night.
Inconsistent form has left Spurs battling for a place in European competition next season. Going into the game against struggling Bournemouth, they knew a win would see them go above Arsenal and Sheffield United and into seventh place.
With only four games now remaining, that would have put them in a strong position to secure a Europa League spot.
However, Jose Mourinho’s side produced another uninspiring display as they played out a goalless draw with the Cherries, meaning they remain in ninth.
Reacting to the performance, Keane suggested he was in no way surprised to see Spurs throw away the opportunity to move up the table.
Speaking on Sky Sports, cited on talkSPORT, the pundit said: “Tottenham were poor tonight. Bournemouth showed a bit more fight.
“They went to Sheffield [United], didn’t show any fight, made changes at half time.
“That’s in Tottenham’s DNA, they will constantly disappoint you. The table doesn’t lie, ninth, that’s where they deserve to be.”
SPURS IN “HUGE TROUBLE” WITHOUT KANE
Keane was also heavily critical of Spurs during his half-time analysis. Despite being denied a clear penalty, another drab showing led to Keane saying: “I’m amazed at that decision. Mourinho has got bigger worries, his team has been shocking.
“The only consolation is it can’t be any worse. This game is here for Bournemouth.
“Spurs look like they’re on their holidays. I’d fully expect Mourinho to make some changes.
“He has good options from the bench but the two players he has left out [Moura and Son] haven’t been playing that great.
“Sometimes the manager has got to be ruthless which the manager is. He [Mourinho] has mentioned there that he has got four or five world class players.
“Tottenham don’t, Tottenham are an average team. Take Kane out of that team and they are in huge trouble.”
It will be a worry to Spurs, then, that Kane’s future is still unclear. The striker has been heavily linked with a move away, with Manchester United reportedly interested.
Kane has previously admitted he won’t stay “for the sake of it”, while it is likely he will want to be playing Champions League football.
Therefore, he could look to leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the next transfer window, which would leave Mourinho with the huge task of replacing him.